Open Source software has been one of my soapbox subjects for the past two decades. You’ll find it in your smartphone (the Apple iPhone and Android are both based on it), running your car, in your television and much more. It’s Open Source software that has helped thousands of companies develop software solutions that just wouldn’t be possible otherwise.
Intel, who has been providing millions in funding to Universities, is now requiring that the Universities do not use that funding to create patented technology. Which leads us to another subject I’ve written about in the past: Software Patents. These are killing innovation here in the US, and will ultimately cause great, unseen, harm to the entire world economy.
Kudos to Intel for helping to stem the growth of harmful software patents!
- The State of Open Source Software (news.slashdot.org)
- Google Snatches Over 1,000 IBM Patents (techland.time.com)
- Innovation Excellence